I'm looking at making a reflow oven and have just found out the toaster oven I have bought uses a standard conduction heating element rather than infra-red. The knob used for temperature control goes up to 250˚C - so should be high enough for the lead-free solder-paste I have access to. Will using a reflow oven with a standard heating element work? Most of the guides I can find on the 'net talk about infra-red versions.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Shouldn't make much difference, but try for about 1500 watts. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 10, 2013 at 11:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ Also, I recommend starting with lead solder, unless there's a regulatory reason to do otherwise. It's much easier to deal with. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 10, 2013 at 12:35

1 Answer 1


Worked OK for me.

Don't count on that 250C being accurate. I used a PT1k and a microcontroller to get a reasonably accurate temperature profile.


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.